Cooking · Fitness · Teaching

Green smoothies and a 10K Run

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! Mondays always seem to fly by for me. This week has been a little more laid-back at work, since some of my students have been absent (so many kids seem to be out sick this time of year). I’ve had a chance to work on some paperwork and get ahead with lesson plans… always a good thing!!

After work on Monday, we had a quick faculty meeting, then I headed to the gym! At our meeting, they told us about a new “mileage club” they will be implementing for the faculty at school. You will be able to walk or run a number of miles to accumulate “early outs” for the end of a day. This just means instead of staying until our usual time, we are allowed to leave soon after the kids are dismissed. The number of miles that you need to walk/run to get an early out increases as the program continues. (There are also only a certain number of early outs that you can get). I think this is a great idea and I am excited about the fitness opportunities being offered this year through my school! They have also been offering yoga and Pilates classes after school once a week. What a great way to unwind after long or stressful school days!

At the gym, I got in a quick 4 miles before it was time for my usual Body Pump class. I felt extra energized at the gym today for some reason. I’m not sure why, but I ran with it (literally!) I’m convinced I ran faster after being back with my students again today. They brighten my day in so many ways; my students are such a positive part of my life. When the bell rings each morning and the hallways are filled with the sounds of children laughing and talking, lockers opening, and students running down the hallways, it makes the school come alive.

During Body Pump, the instructor used some of the new songs from the next release coming out. Since I wasn’t sure how challenging each track would be, I thought I would get a variety of weights just in case. (That’s the teacher coming out in me… always trying to be prepared!)There are more weights on the other side of my bar too because I wasn’t sure what I would need… don’t think I lifted all of these at onceSmile I did use heavier weights though and I can definitely feel it today!


By the time I was done, I only had one thing on my mind. A green smoothie! In the blender went: almond milk, spinach, ice, a banana, almonds, and ground flaxseed. It was so good and definitely something I will be making again soon. If you’ve never tried a green smoothie before, I highly recommend it! Don’t let the color scare you- they are such an easy way to incorporate more leafy greens and vegetables into your diet. Spinach is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Just one serving provides more than the daily recommended amount of vitamin K and vitamin A.


The rest of the week has flown by for me. I was supposed to go to the Board of Education here for Professional Development this week, but it was cancelled so I didn’t need to write sub plans… It’s the little things in life! We also had a two hour fog delay yesterday, so I was able to sign up for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K Run. It’s not until November, but I think it will be a lot of fun and a unique experience. Registration has really filled up fast for this race; there will only be one more registration block coming up in March. Sign up for the wait list here– you won’t want to miss out! If you are on the wait list, you will receive an email reminder with a code allowing you to register a few hours before the race opens to the general public.

I’m heading to see some of my college roommates and friends this weekend so I’m looking forward to that! I will try to blog more consistently in the future… I am still getting used to balancing teaching, working out, blogging, and everything else. Have a great Friday!

Questions of the Day:

  • Have you signed up for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run? Or do you have a different run on the horizon?
  • What are your weekend plans?

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